Jimmy Carr fluffs his lines
JIMMY Carr has become the face of the wrong-minded tax-dodger. You’d think that a satire-mined comic would revel in this, using it as a chance to be the baddie, goading the right-minded with his legally earned cash and how he and Take That are being blamed for the collapse of the financial system. “Sod it,” says Carr. “I’ve hit the easy liberal-friendly targets (women, Christians, bankers), been BBC compliant and made a mint as the on-message TV panel show stalwart.” Now I’ll do the risky stuff. I won’t be on the telly, for sure, but I’ll make you laugh.”
It gets better when marketing man David Cameron calls Jimmy Carr “not morally right”. Has there ever been better badge of honour? Wear it with pride, Mr Carr. Use it as slogan for your nationwide tour. Jerry Sadowitz is knocking on a bit. It’s time for a new pariah.
And then Carr does the worst thing imaginable. He apologises:
“I appreciate as a comedian, people will expect me to ‘make light’ of this situation, but I’m not going to in this statement as this is obviously a serious matter. I met with a financial advisor and he said to me ‘Do you want to pay less tax? It’s totally legal’. I said ‘Yes’. I now realise I’ve made a terrible error of judgment. Although I’ve been advised the K2 Tax scheme is entirely legal, and has been fully disclosed to HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs), I’m no longer involved in it and will in future conduct my financial affairs much more responsibly. Apologies to everyone.”
And thus with the TV contracts secure and the right-minded appealed to, Jimmy Carr carries on. Our only hope is that Gary Barlow now speaks truth to power. Fingers crossed he does.
Note: what would Bernard Manning have done? Language is NSFW: